It was déjà vu for the senior Tridents all over again, when they fell to Canada’s Les Rogues 4-1 once again last night in their second international friendly at the Championship Soccer Stadium, OC Great Park, San Diego, California.
The game started fast and furious, and the Tridents were able to keep the Canadians at bay for the first ten minutes before debutant Charles-Andreas Brym delivered a header into the back of the net off a corner kick from Russell Teibert, after Zico Phillips had cleared the ball from a corner less than a minute before.
Three minutes later Brym took a shot from just inside the box, but goalie Liam Brathwaite, who had a superb game, made an impressive dive, stopping the ball in its tracks.
As the game continued, Shamar “Buju” Edwards, who was recently called up to the national squad, made good use of a chance provided in the 26th minute, but his shot on target went just over the bar to deny the Tridents their first goal of the night.
Eleven minutes later, Canada took the lead 2-0 after a combination play saw the ball go from Samuel Piette, who captained the game on Tuesday, to Captain Jonathan Osorio to Zorhan Bassong before Teibert slotted pass Brathwaite.
In the second half, Head Coach Russell Latapy sent in Ackeel Applewhaite, Armando “Sugar” Lashley, Jomo Harris, Rashad Smith and Mario Williams, and the captain’s armband was passed from Rashad Jules to Hadan Holligan. The local lads with a burst of energy began to apply pressure, but they also received three yellow cards in quick succession for hard challenges.
However, the challenges were not enough to slow Canada down and in the 64th minute Liam Fraser’s corner kick was headed in by debutant Amer Didic to make the score line 3-0.
But five minutes later Edwards got a consolation goal, and his first international goal, when he beat the keeper to give the home side their lone goal of the game.
Following Edwards’ goal, Williams came in for Holligan and the captain’s armband was handed over to Akeem Hill, while Canada’s Head Coach John Herdman subbed out Osario and the captaincy was passed on to Ashtone Morgan.
Then in the 83rd minute, Canada was awarded a free kick at the top of the box after Hill was yellow carded for almost clothes-lining a player. However, Borges’ kick went just over the cross bar much to Barbados’ delight.
Two minutes later, Jayden Nelson scored his first international goal when he intercepted Brathwaite’s clearance and made good use of the keeper being off his line to put them up 4-1.
The team returns tomorrow.